World War 3: North Korea’s nuclear power MUST be stopped or other regimes will follow suit

has ramped up its nuclear and missile development over the past few months sparking huge World War 3 fears. 

President has promised to “take care” of Kim Jong-un’s brutal regime but has not yet been successful. 

Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Dr Lassina Zerbo, executive secretary for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO) said North Korea must be stopped soon, or the globe may face the dire consequences. 

He said: “This is precisely the big risk if the situation continues in the Korean peninsula. 

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North Korea news: Dr Lassina Zerbo warned about not putting a stop to North Korea’s threat

“We have the Non-Proliferation Treaty, that was set forward to try to reduce the proliferation of nuclear weapon and this is how the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty came into play. 

“If the Korean peninsula situation doesn’t find a suitable solution for the international community, the risk is others might come unilaterally, I’m not going to name anyone, but people might think ‘okay if the Koreans can do it why not us?’

“That is the risk to the Proliferation Treaty and to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty too.”

Mr Zerbo added that it was the only region where nuclear testing was happening and there was a “fear” over not responding. 

“There is a fear that if nothing is done, what temptation do we give to the rest of the world and to others to think, ‘if this is the way to get listened to, why don’t we start?’ 

“That’s the risk that we see, that is why we say and we repeat, that stopping testing in the Korean peninsula could be a first step for everlasting peace, not just for this region but also for the world.”

Mr Zerbo called for nuclear testing to be banned in the Korean peninsula and across the world, but the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty to ban nuclear explosions, which has been signed by 183 countries and ratified by 166 countries is yet to be passed. 

Thirteen countries including North Korea has neither signed nor ratified. Another seventeen countries including Iran, China and the US has signed but not ratified.

The warnings from Dr Zerbo come as the CTBTO monitors the globe for evidence of nuclear tests and reported when 200 North Koreans were killed when a tunnel collapsed in October caused by nuclear testing in September. 

There is a fear that if nothing is done, what temptation do we give to the rest of the world

Dr Lassina Zerbo


North Korea’s most recent missile test took place on November 29, and the regime said the Hwasong-15 missile flew 590 miles during its 53-minute flight before landing in the sea new Japan.

The missile launch was a more advanced missile compared to the Hwasong-14 which North Korea tested back in July. Nuclear experts have claimed that North Korea has yet to deliver a nuclear warhead on top of an ICBM.

After the missile test declared that the North had “finally realised the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force”.

President Donald Trump called on both Russia and China to help extinguish the threat of North Korea. 

The President also said that he had “no choice” but must “take care” of the hermit kingdom’s threat.

On Monday the Trump administration unveiled its National Security Strategy which detailed the challenge posed by North Korea’s nuclear programme to the US.

The report read: “North Korea is ruled as a ruthless dictatorship without regard for human dignity. For more than 25 years, it has pursued nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles in defiance of every commitment it has made. 

“Today, these missiles and weapons threaten the United States and our allies. The longer we ignore threats from countries determined to proliferate and develop weapons of mass destruction, the worse such threats become, and the fewer defensive options we have.”

In response to the report, a foreign ministry spokesman for Kim Jong-un branded the Trump administration of being “arrogant” as it sent another fiery warning. 

The spokesman added: “The international society should remain vigilant against the manoeuvres of the gang of Trump to invade and control the DPRK by igniting a nuclear war at any cost in the Korean peninsula.

“And see through the ulterior motive behind the US’ repeated talk of dialogue, designed to cover up its evil intention and mock the world.

“As the US set its diplomatic and security policy at crushing us militarily and is publicly aiming a sword at us, we will make the US bitterly regret its strategy with our cannons.”